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How you can help regional football clubs hold their own ‘Pride Cups’

QNews, February 27, 2018

Footballer Jason Ball has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support the rollout of rainbow-themed Pride Cups to 150 AFL clubs around the country.

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Rotarians to break “old white men” stereotype and march in Pride

Star Observer, January 12, 2018

Donning pink vests with rainbow hearts, they will be the first Rotary Club in Australia to take part in Pride. Last year’s Young Australian of the Year for Victoria, Jason Ball, will join them in the march.

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Jason Ball on ABC’s The Drum: Safe Schools

ABC TV, September 21, 2017

Tonight on The Drum: Hamish Macdonald is joined by 2017 Victorian Young Australian of the Year Jason Ball, Rev. David Ould from Glenquarie Anglican Church, Aaron Patrick from the Australian Financial Review and Shane Wright The West Australian.

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Jason Ball: Hannah Mouncey decision ‘hypocritical, cynical’

Herald Sun, October 18, 2017

FOOTBALL’S first openly gay player Jason Ball has labelled the AFL as “hypocritical” and “cynical” for preventing Hannah Mouncey from playing AFLW. The transgender footballer had been told by AFLW clubs she would be drafted and helped to find a home as well as employment.

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Footy has work to do, says Ball

Stonnington Leader, October 3, 2017

HE IS the poster boy for the fight against homophobia in sport, but South Yarra’s Jason Ball says he wasn’t always one to wave the rainbow flag. As a boy growing up in regional Victoria, Mr Ball said he struggled to come to terms with his sexuality. Few people knew what he was going through, including most of his friends and, for a long time, his parents.

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Jason Ball on triple j’s Hack

triple j, September 22, 2017

ACT pill testing, Abbott headbutted and SSM marriage campaigning on the Friday shakeup with Sydney’s new 33-year-old deputy lord mayor, Jess Miller, and Jason Ball, Victoria’s 2017 Young Australian of the Year and one the first openly gay Aussie Rules players at any level.

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Jason Ball on ABC’s The Drum: AFL says YES

ABC TV, September 21, 2017

Ellen Fanning is joined by lecturer in education at the University of Newcastle David Roy, CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce James Pearson and former Aussie Rules player now LGBTI & mental health advocate Jason Ball.

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A punt for pride

The Age, August 13, 2017

A rainbow 50-metre penalty line greeted hundreds of players, fans, and LGBTQI advocates at Saturday’s game between St Kilda City and St Paul’s football clubs. They are among 100 football teams and 32 netball teams celebrating the SNFL’s pride round this weekend, proudly donning rainbow jerseys and shoelaces.

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Stamping out homophobia in the classroom through AFL

Star Observer, August 2, 2017

As 2017 Young Australian of the Year for Victoria, Jason Ball has traveled to more than 100 schools across the state using the power of sport to be a role model for LGBTI young people.

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Jason Ball: Pride Cup a ‘symbol of acceptance, belonging

LaTrobe Valley Express, July 31, 2017

Nine matches. Two clubs. One cause. And about 2,000 Gippsland football and netball fans standing behind it. Yesterday marked the inaugural Gippsland Pride Cup, dedicated to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community in a bid to tackle homophobia in sport.

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The importance of the Pride Game

FoxSports, July 22, 2017

IF THE subtle pinstripes on Sydney’s socks hadn’t already caught your eye, the flash of colour adorning the numbers on St Kilda’s backs drew your attention. So too, did the rainbow embedded among the waving mass of red, white and black flags in the St Kilda cheer squad or the rainbow on the ‘How I Want To Be’ scarfs — which had sold out at the Saints’ merchandise stands.

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Insights from the 2016 Pride Game

VicHealth, July 19, 2017

An evaluation of the Pride Game by La Trobe University has revealed the campaign resulted in small but significant attitudinal changes among St Kilda FC staff, players, members and fans, and the wider LGBTI community.

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Australians of the Year: In Conversation

ABC TV, June 17, 2017

Four 2017 Australians of the Year led by the President of the Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs, join ABC’s Kumi Taguchi to discuss how they gain inspiration through their commitment to human rights.

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Jason Ball calls for calm in the gay community over Margaret Court, June 2, 2017

Jason Ball cautions the LGBTI community against turning Margaret Court into a martyr. Let her keep the Arena, and instead let’s throw a big gay party there.

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Melbourne student comes out in front of entire school

Star Observer, May 23, 2017

A MELBOURNE Grammar student has come out in front of his entire school at a recent assembly, and highlighted the years of struggle he faced trying to accept his sexuality. In a show of support the 1st XVII footballers wore rainbow jerseys over the weekend for Melbourne Grammar’s pride game.

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Jason Ball on being an LGBTI role model

The Daily Edition, May 11 2017

Jason Ball is the 2017 Young Australian of the Year for Victoria and joined The Daily Edition on Channel 7 to speak about his work promoting LGBTI inclusion in schools and the AFL.

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Pride of the League

Channel 9 News, May 7, 2017

Yarra Glen was bursting with pride today as they took on the Yea Tigers in the 4th annual Pride Cup. The Pride Cup was founded by Victoria’s Young Australian of the Year Jason Ball and has received widespread support form the AFL community.

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More than a game, March 4, 2017

The Sydney Swans are accustomed to having a Jason Ball walking the hallways. On Friday, however, it wasn’t the 2005 premiership ruckman and former director of eight years who called by the SCG. Rather, it was LGBTI advocate and public speaker Jason Ball who ticked a visit to the famous venue off his bucket list.

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Jason Ball talks equality and mental health in Albury

Border Mail, February 20, 2016

Victoria’s 2017 Young Australian of the Year Jason Ball was on the Border promoting equality and mental health awareness this weekend. Mr Ball has become a national figurehead on combating homophobia in sport and highlighting the damaging impact of homophobia on the mental health and wellbeing of the LGBTI community.

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Don’t be afraid to be yourself: Jason Ball

ABC Goulburn Murray, February 20, 2017

Victoria’s 2017 Young Australian of the Year Jason Ball says don’t be afraid to be who you are! Ball, an LGBTI advocate and first male Aussie Rules player at any level of the game to publicly come out, shared his message at St Matthew’s Church in Albury yesterday. The champion sportsperson says ending marriage discrimination is crucial for the LGBTI community to be included and accepted.

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Henderson pressured to act on marriage equality

Bay 93.9, February 17, 2017

A former footballer turned anti-homophobia campaigner has urged politicians to make a move on same sex marriage, during a community forum at Torquay. Last night’s meeting urged Liberal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson to push the government to act on marriage equality.

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Jason Ball on The Outer Sanctum Podcast

The Outer Sanctum, January 17, 2017

The Outer Sanctum is an unconventional all-female footy podcast that features six passionate fans – broadcaster Emma Race, lawyer Kate Seear, author Nicole Hayes, poet and author Alicia Sometimes, and entrepreneurs Lucy Race and Felicity Race – who focus on stories and voices rarely heard around the great game of AFL.

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Meet 2017 Young Australian of the Year VIC finalist Jason Ball

ABC TV, January 18, 2017

After coming out to his local footy club, Jason Ball is combating homophobia in sport by celebrating diversity and encouraging acceptance. Discover his story and those of other finalists on the Australian the Year website. The Awards announcement will be broadcast live on ABC TV, iview and ABC Radio.

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Susan Alberti AC and Jason Ball on Monday Catch-Up

3AW 693, January 16, 2017

Vice President of the Western Bulldogs Susan Alberti AC and Young Australian of the Year for Victoria Jason Ball joined Denis Walter for Monday Catch-Up. Jason is best known for this work within the AFL in teaching players and supporters alike about homophobia in sport.

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Jason Ball named 2017 Young Australian of the Year for Victoria

ABC, November 16, 2016

Jason Ball, 28, has been awarded the Victorian Young Australian of the Year for his work tackling homophobia in sport. Ball raised the conversation when he came out as a young gay footballer at the Yarra Glen Football Club in 2012, and has since worked to celebrate diversity and inclusion in sport. This year, he was behind the AFL launching a Pride Match between Sydney and St Kilda in round 21 of the home and away season.

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They’re here, they’re queer, they’re nominated for Young Australian of the Year

SameSame, November 2, 2016

With finalists from all over the country announced yesterday, two prominent gay Australians stood out in the 2017 category for Young Australian of the Year; musician, performer, YouTube personality and social activist Troye Sivan, and diversity and inclusion champion Jason Ball.

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Jason Ball says Sam Gilbert has become a ‘gay icon’ ahead of Pride Game

AFL Record, August 13, 2016

Sam Gilbert, gay icon. It might not be a descriptor the St Kilda defender ever expected, but, according to Jason Ball, the description is quite appropriate.

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AFL Pride Game: Gilbo, Jason and Tynan on AFL 360

FoxFooty, August 11, 2016

Sam Gilbert, Tynan Winmar and Jason Ball chat about the significance of the AFL’s ‪#‎PrideGame on FOX Footy’s AFL 360.

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Jason Ball on the Friday Revue

774 ABC Melbourne August 12, 2016

Jason Ball joins Richelle Hunt and Brian Nankervis on the Friday Revue on 774 ABC Melbourne to discuss the AFL’s Pride Game.

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Jason Ball and Jill Stark on JOY 949

JOY 949, August 13, 2016

The Chicks Talking Footy JOY 949 team hosted a live broadcast from Etihad Stadium for the AFL’s Pride Game. In this grab you’ll hear CTF’s Danae Gibson and Shelley Ware from Marngrook chat with two of the key drivers behind the AFL Pride Game, Jason Ball and Jill Stark.

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LGBTI advocate Jason Ball applauds Albury High School

Border Mail, August 30, 2016

ALBURY High School is “quite advanced” in its approach to LGBTI issues, the country’s first openly gay footballer believes. Jason Ball visited the school on Tuesday at the invitation of student council president Matt Armstrong. Ball, a beyondblue ambassador who stood for the Greens in last month’s federal election, spearheaded the recent AFL pride match between St Kilda and Sydney.

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Jason Ball: AFL’s Pride Game is historic, a moment I could only dream of, August 10, 2016

Jason Ball reflects on what the AFL’s Pride Game means, and how it all came about – read his incredible story.

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Jason Ball awarded Young Australian Humanist of the Year 2016

GNN, June 2 2016

LGBTIQ rights advocate and Greens candidate, Jason Ball, has been named Young Australian Humanist of the Year 2016.

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Jason Ball addresses homophobic graffiti sprayed on campaign office window

The Project June 17, 2016

“I post this picture not to give the haters oxygen but to send a message to young LGBTI people that I have their back. To let them know I won’t be passive or silent in the face of bigotry.”

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Ball: Pride Game has exceeded my expectations, August 11 2016

LGBTIQ and mental health advocate Jason Ball admits the Pride Game has shattered all expectations he had, praising St Kilda for shining the spotlight on homophobia in sport.

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AFL Pride Game can be ‘life-changing event’: Jason Ball

ABC News, July 21, 2016

An AFL Pride Game between St Kilda and Sydney, which will be held in round 21, has been touted as a game-changer for the code and for Australian sport.

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Proud Ball confident of Pride Game impact, July 20, 2016

Matt Finnis, Mark Evans and Jason Ball spoke to the media from today’s Pride Game launch at the Prince of Wales in St Kilda.

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After 67 Years as a Safe Liberal Seat, Higgins Might Go Green

VICE June 28, 2016

Hate crime graffiti. $6000 toasters. Bob Katter’s estranged gay half-brother. If you’re not paying attention to the seat of Higgins, you’re missing the best race in Australia.

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They’re not even trying to hide their conflict of interest anymore

BuzzFeed, June 16, 2016

These real estate signs showing the assistant treasurer, Kelly O’Dwyer, are turning up all around the inner-Melbourne seat of Higgins. “I mean, really, they are not even trying to hide the conflict of interest here,” said Jason Ball.

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Federal election 2016: Shock poll result for Kelly O’Dwyer. Is Higgins the ‘Indi of 2016’?

The Age June 13, 2016

Assistant Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer is under siege from Greens candidate Jason Ball in the once-safe Liberal seat of Higgins, with the latest poll revealing her primary vote has collapsed to just 44.1 per cent.

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The best economic plan: live in a marginal seat

The Canberra Times, June 14, 2016

Hot on the heels of Assistant Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer announcing $4 million for netball courts in her blue ribbon seat of Higgins comes news that maybe it’s not a safe seat after all. It must be a coincidence.

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Kelly O’Dwyer now fighting for her seat on all fronts

The Age June 14, 2016

Liberal member for Higgins and and assistant Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer appears to be fighting on more fronts than Winston Churchill.

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Greens Candidate Jason Ball Fights Vile Homophobic Abuse With Love

The Huffington Post, June 16, 2016

Jason Ball, the Greens candidate in the Victorian seat of Higgins, has been targeted in a homophobic graffiti attack — but has hit back in a pretty inspiring message.

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Greens on the march in Higgins

ABC Radio, AM, June 16, 2016

This morning we’re in the Melbourne suburb of Malvern at Eden Espresso cafe, right in the heart of the electorate of Higgins.

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Blue to Green in Rainbow Vote

Herald Sun, June 10, 2016

O’Dwyer gave a rousing speech rallying her troops to fight off the Green army, imploring guests to embrace the Coalition as their Higgins homeland was in danger.

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Federal election 2016: Unions target Kelly O’Dwyer in blue ribbon seat of Higgins over super changes

The Age June 7, 2016

The union movement has launched a robocall campaign to undermine assistant treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer over superannuation changes, in a move that could help the Greens in their attempt to hijack the once blue-ribbon Liberal seat of Higgins.

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Jason Ball and the battle to win Higgins from Kelly O’Dwyer

JoyFM, June 17, 2016

Australian Greens candidate for Higgins, Jason Ball, joins The Informer to discuss his battle to win the seat away from the Liberal party’s Kelly O’Dwyer.

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Greens dream of a win in Liberal Higgins

The Australian, May 28, 2016

Higgins has been a Liberal blue-ribbon seat since 1949 but it’s in danger of turning Green. Liberal MP Kelly O’Dwyer is facing problems in her southeast Melbourne seat as the Greens ­seduce its socially liberal residents.

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Higgins one to watch – Jason Ball considered a real chance

Nine News, May 16, 2016

The seat of Higgins is shaping up to be a tight contest; the most exciting of times since the formation of the electorate in 1949.

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Higgins candidate cans camp comparison

Jewish News, May 13, 2016

Australia has a long and proud tradition of welcoming people in need after war, including Jewish people after the Holocaust. “Their contribution to Australia’s culture, economy and community has been immeasurable. “I also look forward to working more closely with the Jewish community in future, whose passion for social justice and charity I deeply respect and admire.”

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Station upgrade needed- Greens say South Yarra Station ‘can’t cope’

Stonnington Leader, April 12 2016

PRAHRAN state Greens MP Sam Hibbins has called on Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan to upgrade South Yarra station and establish a task force charged with overseeing the works.

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“You are loved. You are valued” – Jason Ball’s speech on Safe Schools

Star Observer, March 18, 2016

I often wonder how much pain I would have been spared if Safe Schools had been around when I was growing up. It makes me even more determined to stand up for this groundbreaking program that is quite literally saving lives.

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Pride vs Prejudice: The Match Of A Lifetime

Huffington Post, 29 January, 2016

We need to take pride because it hasn’t always been this way. In 1980, homosexuality was illegal in Victoria and in several other Australia states. It wasn’t until 1997 that it was decriminalised nationwide.

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The 10 men who mattered in Australia in 2015

Executive Style, 21 December 2015

Jason Ball: Blazing a trail as the first out-and-proud Australian Rules football player, Jason Ball has been a tireless campaigner for LGBTIQ rights, both on and off the pitch, as well as mental health more broadly.

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The Disruptors: 30(ish) people who are changing the game for young Australia

Junkee, 20 October 2015

Jason Ball’s career has been one marked by breaking boundaries. In 2012, he became the first AFL player to come out as a gay man, sparking a national conversation about homophobia in sport generally

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Jason Ball says the Greens are in with a chance against Liberal Kelly O’Dwyer

The Guardian, 10 August 2015

Jason Ball hopes to do what the Greens have only managed once before in any election – snatch a seat from a Liberal MP.

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Jason Ball to contest blue-ribbon Liberal seat of Higgins for the Greens

Sydney Morning Herald 9 August 2015

“For me, I guess I’m not afraid of the stigma that comes with politics. I actually think I have a good chance to break down that stigma because I’ve done a lot of good work in the community and a lot of people respect me for that.

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2015 Pride Cup: Jason Ball and Brock McLean on AFL360

FoxFooty, May 12, 2016

Jason Ball and Brock McLean joined the AFL360 panel on FoxFooty to discuss the 2015 Pride Cup.

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2015 Pride Cup

Weekend Sunrise, May 17, 2015

Jason Ball joined Weekend Sunrise on Channel 7 to promote the 2015 Pride Cup, celebrating diversity and promoting LGBTI inclusion in sport.

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Jason Ball says education is needed to change homophobic attitudes in sport

Lilydale and Yarra Valley Leader, May 18, 2015

THE Community Pride Cup celebrated diversity and inclusion in sport for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities but education will help further change mindsets and attitudes, says Jason Ball.

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The day football burst with Pride

Sydney Morning Herald, May 3, 2014

On a country footy oval under overcast skies, change came. It came in the rainbow-coloured 50-metre lines painted at each end of the ground. It came in the pre-match minute’s silence…

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AFL spreads word on homophobic vilification

The Age, January 19, 2014

The AFL has produced a documentary featuring gay Yarra Glen footballer Jason Ball to help counsel AFL players against homophobic vilification for the first time as league bosses move to stamp out discrimination and make the game more welcoming for gay fans, players and officials.

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Jason Ball’s courage will trump ignorance

The Herald Sun, May 18 2013

Here is a young man who has announced to the world he is gay, appearing on a footy program to openly discuss it, and he wasn’t nervous or anxious or embarrassed.

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Play the ball, not the man

The Age, May 13, 2013

Jason Ball is arguably Australia’s most courageous Australian Rules footballer. He confronted his terror about coming out as gay in one of society’s most macho domains. He is showing sustained bravery by campaigning to end homophobia in football.

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“I didn’t know any footballers who were gay”

The Age, September 9, 2012

SOMETIMES he’d say he had a girlfriend. In the world of Aussie rules football, Jason Ball thought he had to play up his ”blokeyness”. When teammates sledged opposition players, calling them ”homo” or ”fag”, he’d pretend not to care. Inside the footy club where he’d played since he was five, nobody knew he was gay.

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